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National Park Service announces
3rd Annual Rosie the Riveter Rally
 Saturday, August 12, 2017
 
 
 
Thousands of Rosie lookalikes to
participate
in cross country salute to
the women who served
on the Home Front during WWII
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   In 2015 and 2016, thousands of women and girls gathered in Richmond, CA to celebrate the contributions of America's women on the Home Front during World War II.
   
The goal each year is to set a new Guinness Book Record record and inspire dozens of "Rosie Rallies" across  in cities and towns across the country.
 
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Register your Rosie Pose location here
 
Send your photos in to Info@Spiritof45.org so they can be added to this year's Rally Gallery!
 
 
 
 Download the National Park Service
Rosie the Riveter Rally Poster
Here
 
Transformational role of women workers in WWII
celebrated throughout America on
Spirit of '45 Day Weekend 
 
NEWS FLASH!  
 
 
Mae Krier, co-founder of National Rosie the Riveter Day, and Elinor Otto wave from the Spirit of '45 float in the 2017 National Memorial Day Parade
 
"America' Longest Working Rosie" leads national campaign to create living memorial to the women who helped achieve victory in WWII!
 
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Elinor Otto, 97, of Long Beach, CA, worked as a riveter building airplanes from 1942 until she retired at age 95 - earning her the title of "America's Longest Working Rosie." Elinor has been a national spokeswoman for Spirit of '45 Day since 2010.
 
She is currently leading a new national campaign to create a "living memorial" to the contributions of women during WWII in the form of a national network of Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens in communities throughout America by August 2020.
 
Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden Poster
 
Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens will feature a new official Rosie the Riveter Rose that will be available for planting in early 2018.  
 
The Rosie the Riveter Rose was developed by Weeks Roses of Pomona, CA
 
 
The Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens will be promoted by the American Rose Society, which is offering complimentary e-memberships to its newsletter to Community Partners to share information and ideas
for planning, planting and successfully growing their Garden.
 
 
 
 The first Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden was planted by the National Park Service at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front Historical Park in Richmond, CA, on March 21, 2017 to celebrate the first National Rosie the Riveter Day that Congress passed during National Women's History Month.
 
The goal is to have a Garden in every Congressional District in time for the international commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII planned for 2020.  
 
Elinor Otto joined U.S. Representative Allan Rosenthal planted the first community Garden in Long Beach, CA on March 25, 2017, which will be a model for others throughout the country.  
 
(L) Elinor Otto receives National Rosie the Riveter Day proclamation from Congressman Lowenthal.
(C) Newly created Spirit of '45 Rosie the Riveter Rose.
(R)Elinor breaks ground the first public Rosie the Riveter Rose Garden in Long Beach, CA.
 
 
 
 
 
 Original Rosie's with Seward Johnson sculpture which was displayed at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library in Kansas City, MO during the American Rosie the Riveter Association national convention in June 2017.
 
 
   
  
 
 
1st Annual Rosie the Riveter Rally a Big Success! 
 
The first annual "Rally for the Rosie's" in August 2015 was an outstanding success, with thousands of Rosie the Riveters and Rosie lookalikes ages 1 to 101 gathering in locations throughout the country to celebrate the legacy of the women who served on the Home Front during World War II.  
 
 
The core theme of the "Rally" was to remind America of the transformational role the Rosie's played in laying the foundations for greater opportunities for women.   
 
The nationwide "Rally" was led by the National Park Service, which set a Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of Rosie lookalikes in history, with more than 1,000 women of all ages coming together at the Rosie the Riveter Memorial Park in Richmond, CA on Saturday, August 15.
 
Watch video of biggest gathering of "Rosie's" in history!   
 
Rosie Rallies were held at other locations around the country, including the Yankee Air Museum, where the concept first originated when nearly 800 Rosie and Rosie lookalikes gathered last year to help raise funds to save the Ford Willow Run Bomber Plant.
 
The Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, TX also included a Rosie Rally as part of its two-day Spirit of '45 70th Anniversary Commemoration Weekend event on August 15 -16.
Individual "Rosie" lookalikes of all ages appeared at other events throughout America in a nationwide show of solidarity for continued progress toward full participation and equality for women.
 
 
 
A highlight of the 2015 Rally was a special guest appearance by Spirit of '45 national spokeswoman Elinor Otto, 95, "America's longest working Rosie."  Ms Otto has been making public appearances during the past five years to help raise awareness about Spirit of '45 Day the contributions of women during WWII and speaking to young women's leadership groups.
 
 
Elinor helped unveil a new sculpture by acclaimed artist Seward Johnson depicting the famous "Rosie Pose."  The sculpture is on loan to the Rosie the Riveter/Home Front Historical Park during the National Park Service's upcoming centennial when it will go on a national tour. 
 
 
 
Elinor was flown up to Richmond for the NPS Rally by Southwest Airlines, courtesy of the USS Midway who hosted her as a special guest at their big event in San Diego that evening.
 
 
 
Elinor with Joan Lunden and as a young Rosie when she began her career building aircraft in 1942.
 
 
 
 
The Rosie the Riveter Memorial in Wood-ridge, NJ is the only memorial in the US that incorporates the iconic image of a Rosie holding a rivet gun.  The Memorial was created by New Jersey based artist John Giannotti, and was commissioned by Somerset Development, New Jersey Transit and the New Jersey State Council of the Arts.
 
     "The Rosie the Riveter monument I created for Wood-Ridge, New Jersey, at a site adjacent to the WWII Curtiss Wright manufacturing plant where 9,000 “Rosies” worked, was inspired by multiple sources and images.  
     "Of course, I studied the iconic poster that J. Howard Miller created in 1943, as well as the Michelangelo-inspired Saturday Evening Post cover painted by Norman Rockwell. But I was more interested in the everyday Rosie, not the heroic ones envisioned by Miller and Rockwell.
     "So I dug into historical archives to find images of real Rosies at work. I decided to show Rosie AFTER one of her work periods, about to take a lunch break. Her rivet gun is held at rest, waist high, and close by is a still life of a full Coke bottle and lunch pail on which her name is imprinted.
     "This “still life” is resting on a granite cube which contains etchings of real Rosies as well as the Curtiss Wright logo and a short history. The pneumatic hose that powers her work is suspended from the rivet gun and is attached, at the other end, to the granite block just under the Curtiss Wright logo and the Rosie images.
     "This connection, for me, symbolically relates this particular Rosie to others who worked with her — those thousands from whom she received her own power."
John Giannotti  
 
 
 
Rosie the Riveter Memorial in Richmond, CA across the Bay from San Francisco, CA.
 
 
Pink, Christina Aguilera and Amy Poehler have the Rosie Spirit!
 
  
 
Marilyn Monroe:  One of America's Original Rosie's 
 
 
Before she became an iconic movie star, the future Marilyn Monroe worked 10 hour shifts as a Rosie the Riveter during World War II building drones.  More...

On June 26, 1945, future US President then Capt. Ronald Reagan of the U.S. Army’s 1st Motion Picture Unit ordered Army photographer David Conover to photograph women working in defense plants. Conover later wrote about his experience meeting Norma Jeane.

"I moved down the assembly line, taking shots of the most attractive employees.  None was especially out of the ordinary.  I came to a pretty girl putting on propellers and raised the camera to my eye.  She had curly ash blond hair and her face was smudged with dirt.  I snapped her picture and walked on.  Then I stopped, stunned.  She was beautiful.  Half child, half woman, her eyes held something that touched and intrigued me..."